Dead Or Alive’s beginning and ending constitute two of the most notorious sequences in a career full of them, and tend to overshadow the unhinged—though largely low-key—yakuza bloodbath drama they bookend. But… one side depends on the other. The opening provides the rest of the movie an atmosphere of anything-goes craziness. The dramatic portions, in turn, provide context for the wacky climax.
March 27, 2014